Cutting Room for November 16

  • It’s official: The excitement of the behind the scenes madness surrounding the Oscars has surpassed any excitement ever created by the actual Oscars. Brett Ratner, who is a horrible director and worse human being, has wisely resigned his spot as producer of the Academy Awards in the wake of publicly stating that “Rehearsing is for fags.” Eddie Murphy only agreed to host this year’s navel-gazing back-patting because he’s buddies with “The Rat,” so now he’s out too. So what ratings-enhancing hero swooped in to save the day? Billy Crystal. And with that uninspired declaration, you may now return to yawning.
  • They got Batman and Spider-man, so it’s only fair that we get Princess Diana. That’s right, with Brits Christian Bale and Andrew Garfield poaching the aforementioned prime American roles, it’s only fair that Jessica Chastain takes a U.K. role as retribution. Caught in Flight will tell the story of a secret affair that Lady Di had with a surgeon. The involvement of the brilliant Chastain moves this from “unwatchable Lifetime TV movie” status to “potentially not terrible.
  • Don’t worry. Even though skinny-minnie Jonah Hill isn’t going to be able to appear in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained due to scheduling conflicts, there is still exciting casting news to report. Tom Wopat, that’s right, the Tom Wopat from “The Dukes of Hazzard,” will appear in the film. If the thought of one of them ‘durn Duke boys appearing in a QT film doesn’t make your heart beat to the sound of the General Lee’s horn, there’s not much I can do for ya.
     

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Movieha - Omaha’s Movie Podcast!

Technology sucks. You can pretend otherwise, but the reality is that it exists only to taunt us. Technology is Lucy, holding the football out to Charlie Brown, telling him "it's okay, you can trust me." And then WHAMMO. Kersplat. Technology will be the death of us all, and we know it, yet we continue to rely on it, slouching ever closer towards our inevitable, horrid demise.

So, yeah, it's been that kind of few weeks at Movieha.

We've tried valiantly to get this content to you, braving all kinds of personal and technological storms, and yet we fell woefully behind. WOEFULLY behind. So here it is, a one-stop shopping post for all of the last 3 episodes of Movieha that weren't yet posted here. You can either gorge your ears on this in one large feast, or you can divide it up. Either way, you're going to have some fun. Here they are in reverse chronological order:

Episode 29 - Partly Metal, Partly Real

On Your Radar: Paranorman

Admittedly, we tend to skew a little dark on these trailers. So this time, we gave you an animated flick! I mean, sure it has undead demons and whatnot, but it has kids too!

Netflix Roulette: Pontypool

An art-house take on zombie stuff? Okay. I'm down, even if it's from Canada.


Episode 28 - Turd Talk

On Your Radar: Headshot

A hitman movie with a cool gimmick? Sign us up.

Netflix Roulette: Red State

I really liked this movie. For real.

Episode 27 - Oomph Zazz

On Your Radar: Ecstacy

Hey, it's not what you think it is. Okay, maybe it is.

Netflix Roulette: Splinterheads

Honestly, I can't even recommend you watch this trailer.

That's it! We're all caught up! Hooray!

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Cutting Room for November 9

  • From the “Because You Demanded It” File: Jennifer Lopez is producing a live-action version of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Originally a video game with the sick desire to actually educate players about geography, the elusive titular character had a game show in the 1990s and an animated cartoon before fading into an oblivion that made said title ironic. Although Lopez has not expressed a desire to play the aforementioned elusive globe-trotter, she’d be lousy for the part. Why? Well, because of relentless Fiat and “American Idol” advertising, not only can I find her, I can’t get away from her.
  • Because nobody wants to hear a movie guy opine about music, I’ll refrain from telling you exactly what I think about that weird Lou Reed/Metallica album. Besides, my full opinion involves a drawing of a dumpster and the sound of cute bunny’s death rattle. The good news is that Darren Aronofsky is directing a video from the album, for a song called “Iced Honey,” which sounds delicious but isn’t. With perhaps the most talented filmmaker working today behind the camera, at least one of our four senses may enjoy something from this musical experiment gone wrong.
  •  Should an ape win an Oscar? No, this isn’t a Russell Crowe joke. Andy Serkis, the man who played Gollum in the Lord of the Rings series and Cesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, is a master of motion capture, which is where an actor does all of the physical work on set wearing what looks like fancy headgear and is replaced in postproduction by computer animation. Because Apes went bananas at the box office (sorry, I had to do it), Serkis has netted a deal to return to the role, and the studio has agreed to push for an Oscar nod, which would mark the first time an animated character would be nominated…unless you count anything Robin Williams was nominated for in the 80s or 90s.

Cutting Room provides breaking local and national movie news … complete with added sarcasm. Send any relevant information to film@thereader.com. Check out Ryan on Movieha!, a weekly half-hour movie podcast (movieha.libsyn.com/rss), catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 (cd1059.com) on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and on KVNO 90.7 (KVNO.org) at 8:30 a.m. on Fridays and follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).


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Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Half of what promises to be an epic conclusion to a fabulous series.

GRADE
B+


Birdman

A delirously fun satirical send up of artistic pretension. 

GRADE
B+


The Overnighters

"The Grapes of Wrath" in documentary form set in North Dakota.

GRADE
A-


Interstellar

If this was humanity's last hope, give up.

GRADE
D


Nightcrawler

A condemnation of crime pornography with a chilling central character.

GRADE
A


John Wick

You kill his dog, he kills a million people. You've been warned.

GRADE
B


Dear White People

The type of smart, ballsy satire that comes along all too rarely.

GRADE
A


Fury

War is hell, but this movie is just hella slow.

GRADE
C+


The Burden of Actual Christianity

Most praise for writer/director Jesse Moss’s documentary, The Overnighters, has rightly been focused on its Steinbeckian...

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Awful, Not Full of Awe

Preposterous, pseudointellectual, poorly constructed, clichéd, impenetrably masculine, goofy and possessed of an...

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News-sploitation

Yesterday, CNN showed reporters physically chasing a woman connected to the Ebola scare. Not too long ago, a Fox News...

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Dogged Determination

John Wick killed three guys with a pencil.

John Wick is so good at killing, he had to bury his guns beneath a cement floor...

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